Whether they’re moving to independent living, downsizing, or living with you or your sibling, senior parents that choose to relocate rely on their families to help when it comes to packing and moving. Lifting and packing items present unique challenges to seniors. If your parent is moving soon, keep these do’s and don’ts in mind.
Help them clean out possessions before moving.
Your parents likely have items that they do not need to take with them to the new place. Mark off a couple of weekends when you can go over there and help them sort through belongings. Trash things like old toiletries, magazines, and worn-out clothing. If they have clothes, decorations, books, and other items that are still usable, donate them to a local charity.
Assist with moving tasks that require fine motor skills.
Even the most active seniors start to notice a lack of dexterity in their golden years. To alleviate discomfort and difficulty, volunteer with any packing tasks that may irritate arthritis. Wrap glasses and dishes in bubble wrap, and fold sheets and blankets for them.
Let them lift heavy items.
Prevent strained muscles by making sure seniors do not attempt to lift any heavy objects. Your best bet is to hire movers to do the heavy lifting for you, but if you’re doing the job on a budget, handle the larger items without your parent’s help. Use dollies, carts, and similar devices to displace heavy weight and prevent injury, no matter your age.
Rush through the process.
Your parent’s home is likely full of mementos that will stir up emotions, so they may want to reminisce a bit while packing. Instead of glossing over their nostalgia, spend a bit of time walking down memory lane with them and relive your favorite memories together.
Sometimes you’re left with a surplus of belongings even after downsizing possessions before moving. If your senior parents don’t have room for extra items, rent a self-storage unit at Rt 8 Self Storage. For over 20 years, residents of Hudson, OH, have chosen this storage facility because of their competitive prices, climate control, and 24-hour access to units. Call (330) 650-2626 to ask about available units, and visit their website for more storage tips.